Sant Jordi (or Saint George's Day) is a holiday in many parts of the world. In Barcelona and all around Catalonia, the streets are full of small stands selling books and roses, which people exchange with their loved ones.
The newspaper Expansión asked 50 directors and thought leaders from organizations in Barcelona for their Sant Jordi literary recommendations. Among those asked were four members of the Barcelona GSE community. Here are the books they recommended:
Teresa Garcia-Milà, director of the Barcelona GSE
- A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
- All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari
- The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914, by Margaret MacMillan
José García-Montalvo (UPF and BGSE)
- Straight Man, by Richard Russo
- Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, by Antonio García Martínez
- The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- Think Fast, Think Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
Jordi Gual (President of CaixaBank and BGSE board member) and Pau Relat (President of FemCat, a BGSE board member institution), also shared their Sant Jordi picks.
Other newspapers also asked for book recommendations from members of the BGSE academic community. For example, Guillem López-Casasnovas (UPF and BGSE) suggested Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes and The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann when asked by the newspaper El Punt Avui.
Happy Sant Jordi reading to all!